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21 Thursday

click to enlarge Catie Curtis
  • Catie Curtis

Catie Curtis doesn't like to be stereotyped, musically or otherwise. As she told the Indy prior to a 2011 local house concert, genre categories are mostly about "the instrument you use, the clothes that you wear, and possibly your age." An Album of the Year winner at the Gay and Lesbian American Music Awards, Curtis has gone on to collaborate with artists ranging from Sugarland's Kristen Hall to Morphine's Billy Conway. You can catch the eclectic singer-songwriter tonight at an intimate Friends House Concert, with fellow Maine native Ellis Paul sharing the bill. 7 p.m., $33; call 373-8879 or go to house-concerts.org for concert location and details. — Bill Forman

Cannabis

21 Thursday

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  • Cooking with Cannabis

If you've looked at the ReLeaf supplement in this issue, you already know that cannabis can be infused into fats and alcohols and, from there, into any food you like. But like any good herb, cannabis' flavor profile doesn't fit into every dish. Learn a few tips from an expert tonight at Rockledge Country Inn — local culinary luminary Brother Luck is hosting a cooking demo and dinner titled Cooking with Cannabis. After he shows off his canna-cooking chops, you'll get to sample the results before a light (non-infused) dinner. RSVP by Wed., Jan. 20, to secure your spot — space is very limited! 6 p.m. $79, 21-and-over, 328 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, bit.ly/1P927rp. — Griffin Swartzell

Theater

22 Friday

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  • Italy

By day, local Michele Berdinis is a lawyer. But by night, she's a prolific playwright and a regular contributor to the Funky Little Theater company's "24 Seven" series. Recently, FLT Artistic Director Chris Medina directed the premiere of Berdinis' full-length play, Italy, a romantic comedy set in both New York and LA. Italy depicts the triumphs and tribulations of a mother and daughter living on opposite sides of the country, in the wake of the loss of a husband and father. Shows run Thursday through Saturday this and next weekend. Doors at 6:30 p.m., 2109 Templeton Gap Road, $13 to $17, funkylittletheater.org — Griffin Swartzell

Food & Drink

23 Saturday

click to enlarge Mochi Rice Pounding
  • Mochi Rice Pounding

Most carbohydrate smackdowns these days consist of would-be-paleo-diet-types trimming starches and sugars from their meals. Few actually refer to a literal assault on dough, which is exactly what today's Mochitsuki Rice Pounding Event at Colorado College's Worner Center entails. In celebration of the New Year, guests, including children, can pound away to help make Japanese mochi, which are sticky white dumplings, or rice cakes. In Japan, Kagami mochi are stacked cakes topped in a bitter orange, to be placed around a house or on a Shinto altar for decoration and spiritual protection. Today, instead, they'll be eaten as part of the educational cultural experience. 10 a.m., 902 N. Cascade Ave., free, coloradocollege.edu. — Matthew Schniper

Bikes

23 Saturday

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  • WinterBike

Winter plus Copper Mountain usually equals skiing — and hellish I-70 traffic — but not always. A case in point is tonight's WinterBike, a nighttime mountian bike race. Join other riders chasing the moon in support of the Cloud City Wheelers, a Leadville-based organization promoting cycling oportunities, bike-friendly environments and community partnerships. Given the late start, you may even miss some of the aforementioned traffic — some — and tote the whole fanily along for the LittleBike and JuniorBike events, food and drinks, fireworks and more. Registration opens at 3 p.m.; race at 6:30 p.m., Incline Bar & Grill, 178 Copper Circle, Frisco, $20 entry fee, cloudcitywheelers.com. — Craig Lemley

Culture

25 Monday

click to enlarge "America and the World in a New Election Year"
  • "America and the World in a New Election Year"

Having rounded the corner into a new year, the 2016 presidential election is in sharper focus than ever. But with the road to November cluttered by mudslinging, fearmongering and partisan theatrics, what lies ahead may seem a confusing and scary prospect. If that sounds like where your head is, you'll find good company today at the Antlers Hotel. Hear The Atlantic's Washington editor Steve Clemons give his take on the year ahead — for citizens, the nation, and the messy world we're trying to dominate. "America and the World in a New Election Year" will be presented by the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council, with support from Wells Fargo, Tiemens Foundation and the Pikes Peak Library District. 11:30 a.m., 4 S. Cascade Ave., $35 for members, $55 for non-members; lunch included, reservations at csworldaffairs.org. — Natalie Stein

Art

26 Tuesday

click to enlarge Eclectic Expressionist Paintings
  • Eclectic Expressionist Paintings

There’s very little we love more than art, but art for a good cause makes the cut. Right now, you can catch an exhibit of work by local painter Jacqueline Pearson and be confident that, when you buy one of her “eclectic expressionist” works, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project’s services for injured veterans. Pearson’s paintings are meant to “make us appreciate the beauty and wonder of things we may take for granted,” an appropriate sentiment for programs that support local artists and veterans. Through Feb. 28, East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333. — Alissa Smith

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